"To find health should be the object of the Osteopath; anyone can find disease."
— Dr A.T. Still
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, a physician in the 19th century. Osteopathic philosophy provides a holistic approach to health and stresses the importance of the musculoskeletal system in a person's health and well-being. Treatment aims to support the body's self-healing capacity. At the foundation of Osteopathy is the understanding that the entire body functions as one unit; therefore, dysfunction in one area of the body will often have repercussions in other adjacent areas.
Osteopathic philosophy considers that our body has a remarkable ability to heal and restore itself when its components are in balance. Osteopathy aims to correct that proper balance and function, allowing your body to heal through its natural abilities. It restores your nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems, improving your range of motion, Toning the muscles, Mobilizing the joints and relieving discomfort or other symptoms.
An osteopath practitioner will work to find and release any restrictions or barriers that are discomforting its function and the healing process. They do this by using various hands-on manual techniques that promote self-healing.
As a manual but non-invasive therapy, Osteopaths work directly on muscles, joints and consider and treat the body in a holistic yet individualized manner. No one treatment is the same. Standard therapeutic techniques involve joint mobilization and manipulation and soft tissue treatments.
Osteopathic treatments require minimal to no effort from you—you get the benefits. Specific
Techniques may include:
By treating body structures such as muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, fascia, and internal organs, osteopathic practitioners can affect physiology, digestion, circulation, lymphatic drainage, respiration, and metabolism. Common conditions treated are: